The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Taunton with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft
Somerset / Taunton
Rank 13 3 15
Rank change year-on-year -10 +12  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2 8 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Taunton 5.56% 23.53% 17.69%
As % of the Vendors category 25.00% 80.00% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 8 18
Median daily rate £258 £288 £675
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.43% -57.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £206 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £440 £745
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £11.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -5.33% -  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Taunton.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Taunton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 8 10 69
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Taunton 22.22% 29.41% 53.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 49
Median daily rate £225 £250 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -58.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £160 £312
10% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £425 £745
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £14.50 - £11.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Taunton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Taunton citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Taunton

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Taunton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Taunton.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Taunton

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Taunton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft in Taunton.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Taunton

Microsoft
Top 28 Related IT Skills in Taunton

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Taunton region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 11 (84.62%) C#
1 11 (84.62%) .NET
1 11 (84.62%) Scrum
1 11 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (84.62%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (69.23%) BDD
3 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Manual Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Kanban
4 4 (30.77%) Cucumber
4 4 (30.77%) SpecFlow
4 4 (30.77%) Automated Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Visual Studio
5 3 (23.08%) Software Engineering
5 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
5 3 (23.08%) Gherkin
5 3 (23.08%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (23.08%) Integration Testing
5 3 (23.08%) QA
5 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Smartphone
6 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
7 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
7 1 (7.69%) Windows
7 1 (7.69%) Active Directory
7 1 (7.69%) Asset Management
7 1 (7.69%) MS Office
7 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Taunton by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
1 3 (23.08%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 11 (84.62%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (30.77%) Cucumber
2 4 (30.77%) SpecFlow
2 4 (30.77%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 8 (61.54%) Analyst
2 7 (53.85%) Test Analyst
3 5 (38.46%) Automation Test Analyst
3 5 (38.46%) Manual Test Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Test Engineer
4 2 (15.38%) Tester
4 2 (15.38%) Web Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Web Applications Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Web Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) 1st Line Support
5 1 (7.69%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 1 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (7.69%) Server Support
5 1 (7.69%) Service Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Service Desk Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Windows Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (84.62%) .NET
2 3 (23.08%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Windows
1 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (84.62%) Scrum
2 9 (69.23%) BDD
3 7 (53.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Automated Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Kanban
4 4 (30.77%) Manual Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Integration Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Software Engineering
5 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (84.62%) C#
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (23.08%) QA
System Software
1 1 (7.69%) Active Directory